DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: The Vice Director of Junior Highschool “SMP 1 Tarakan”

DELGOSEA Beneficiaries | This month: The Vice Director of Junior Highschool “SMP 1 Tarakan”
13/12/2011

Indonesia

In its last project year, DELGOSEA is focusing on the project implementation of its best practices. Who will be better equipped to assess the impact and success of the best practice replication than the people on the ground at the pilot cities? The beneficiaries in the 16 pilot cities are the ones to share with us the success and challenges of the ongoing project implementation. The series of interviews starts this month, featuring Tarakan, one of the four Indonesian pilot cities.

During the interview with Mr. Ahmad Sahar, who will be involved in the practical planning issues on a technical level, he made it clear that the DELGOSEA project replication has already started. An initial step towards the implementation phase is clearly a large meeting; the government plans to hold ‘inviting all schools in Tarakan to discuss the waste-management project’ said the Vice Director of Junior Highschool “SMP 1 Tarakan”. Naturally, DELGOSEA Indonesia coordinator Natalis Padang was eager to know what expectations Mr. Sahar has as a beneficiary concerning the replication.

Sahar: ‘We are very interested in this project. We actually had the idea to increase children’s participation in keeping the environment clean a long time ago, but we didn’t know how to go about that. Obviously, as teachers we do not have much knowledge or skills of waste management, and there was no government support forthcoming, so we had not been able to put our ideas into practice. We were, therefore, very glad to be asked by the city government to take part in this pilot project and to get the support needed to implement our idea. The teachers and students in this school are aware of the importance to keep the environment clean and are keen to get started.’

In order to explain the framework and approach his school is taking, the Vice Director added that ‘[i]n 2009 our school joined the ADIWIYATA Program (a national program from the state ministry of environment to encourage awareness of schools to conserve the environment). This is the third year of ADIWIYATA program in our school. We are trying to achieve the title of “ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUNDS SCHOOL”, and for that we need to fulfill 165 indicators. The TALING (Environment Saving) project is very important because it will help us to achieve those indicators.’ TALING is the working title of the DELGOSEA project replication in the Tarakan schools. There are already plans to integrate the TALING approach into the governmental ADIWIYATA Program.

Even though the project replication has just started, Sahar already pinpoints some positive changes. He states that ‘my family and I are more aware of the importance of a clean environment’ and ads concerning his school: ‘I can see already that students and teachers will be more aware of keeping the environment clean. I think that children will be interested in participating in the eco-savers scheme, since they realize that they can make money out of waste. Maybe they will not only collect waste from their house but from other houses as well.’

Embracing the project, the Vice Director advises his students to keep one thing in mind, ‘[…] [as] much as I want them [his students] to be enthusiastic, it is important that they learn to manage their time, so that the waste collection will not affect their studies.’ Regarding the involvement of the city government, Mr. Sahar would like to be able to ‘reward the students with useful items for students such as books, milk, etc. for the points they collect for bringing the recycle waste.’

Clearly, the Vice Director is excited for the coming weeks and months, eager to join the ranks of his students. Sahar: ‘I have also noticed that teachers are eager to join students in bringing in waste to recycle – can we join the program as well?’